James Glen Smith, 80

Electrical engineer

June 27, 2007

James Glen Smith, a retired electrical engineer and a woodworker, died June 20 of esophageal cancer at his Catonsville home. He was 80.

Mr. Smith was born and raised in Kinsley, Kan., and served for two years in the Navy at the end of World War II.

He earned two bachelor's degrees, one in electrical engineering and the other in business administration, from what is now Kansas State University in 1950. He later earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1950, Mr. Smith went to work for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Pittsburgh; he moved the next year to Baltimore when he joined the staff of the company's Linthicum facility. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Smith maintained a home woodworking shop, where he enjoyed building furniture for family members. He also was an avid golfer and hiker who routinely walked 3 or 4 miles a day.

He enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Maryland Square Dancing Association. He was also a member and treasurer of the Westerlee Home Owners Association.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Woman's Club of Catonsville, 10 St. Timothy's Lane.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Betty Roberts; a son, Jerry B. Smith of New Orleans; a daughter, Debbie Holman Smith of Atlanta; and three grandsons.

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